Walking with a Smacked Pentax

This is Ossian’s stone – in Sma’ Glen in the Scottish Highlands. On this day the Glen was dark, claustrophobic and slightly menacing, as the dark clouds rolled into the valley, and the thousand foot almost vertical cliffs on each side had their heads in the mist. You couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere for the setting of this tale.

Ossian’s stone is an 8 ft. high bolder on the valley floor – many tales surround this huge stone. It is believe that the young men of this Glen, in earlier times, used to lift huge stones onto the top of the bolder – in a right of passage, so a boy could prove his strength as a man – or maybe a Clan Chief.

In effect, Ossian’s Stone is part of a prehistoric ring cairn, and the stone was moved slightly and remains of the cairn were destroyed by the English…

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